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Band of Locals - Buy Local First

The Band of Locals is a community minded program banding together to support our locally owned Mecosta County businesses.

Jennifer Cochran -Big Rapids Mayor Candidate

The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live Friday mornings on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. We are also going to try a new mini shoutout segment on our show each week - to two students who were 'spotted doing good.' This week, our shoutout goes to Norah Arndt and Jeffry Wyman for their respect and more. Way to go and thank you for being positive and a great example for others! 

Today's Guest was Big Rapids Mayor Candidate - Jennifer Cochran. Thank you for stopping in the studio today to tell us more about yourself, your career and involvement in the community. Jennifer has an extensive background in education and with the City of Big Rapids and has been on the Planning Commission and more. Your passion and dedication is admirable and we appreciate all that you have done and plan to do. You can learn more about Jennifer Cochran and the other candidate for mayor - Fred Guenther on Thursday, September 16th at 6:30pm at the Public Safety Community Room to answer prepared questions.

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Jake Schumann, Assistant Principal - Big Rapids High

Jake Schumann, Assistant Principal - Big Rapids Hi...

Guests Today: Roxanne Cullen, Ric Underhile, Emily Aslakson and Philip Himebaugh.

Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings at 9:15am on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. It was a packed house and we have lots of information to share from our guests!

Roxanne Cullen with Artworks in Big Rapids was in studio to talk about all things artworks! She introduced Artworks' new Executive Director - Ric Underhile. Welcome Ric and it was a pleasure to meet you and hear about your impressive career and education with the arts and more. We are sure you will do great things and be a great addition to the arts world in our community. They both talked about the upcoming Artworks Gala 2021 which is taking place on Friday, September 17th. More details will come so make sure to check their site and/or contact Artworks at 231-796-2420. There will be a silent auction as well going on.

Emily and Philip were also in studio to talk about STAGE-M (Society for Theatre Arts Growth & Enjoyment in Mid-Michigan)'s STAGE-M's 1 in 8: The Hope Zone - an original reader's theatre play revealing the untold stories and struggles of infertility. Emily herself wrote and directed this play and based it through her own experience with infertility. This is personal and we admire her for sharing not only her own personal story but how it ties in many women's stories and journey in this process. Performances begin tonight, Friday, August 27th and Saturday, August 28th at 7:00pm and Sunday, August 29th at 2:30pm. Performances will be in the lower gallery of Artworks in Big Rapids. Tickets are $10 - www.artworksinbigrapids.org/stagem-1-in-8-the-hope-zone.

Thank you to our guests for stopping in and we love hearing and learning more about our community including the arts and all the great things to do, see and experience. Have a great day! #bandoflocals #artowrks #gala #stagem #readerplay

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Guests today: Andrew Leveque, Nick Piedmonte and Eric Piedmonte with Dunegrass. Mary Smith - The Barefoot Mile.

Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and Carlleen Rose. The gentlemen in studio were CEO, COO and Manager of Dunegrass - Northern Michigan's cannabis retailer and Mary with The Barefoot Mile event/cause.

Dunegrass Co. has a new location in Big Rapids along with several other location in Northern Michigan. They are open everyday from 10am-8pm and offer online ordering as well. Located at 801 N. State St. Phone: 231-629-8069/Email: info@dunegrass.co. They offer various products including: flowers, strips, edibles, rolls and more. Dunegrass emphasizes using and supporting local which helps the economy and featuring flowers and more right from our area vs exporting. If you are a novice feel free to stop by and you can talk with staff and ask questions - their layout is different than other dispensaries and they create an intimate atmosphere to cater to the customer. They also want to learn more and give back to the community and are in support of supporting local. 

Mary was in studio to talk about the annual Barefoot Mile event. This will be taking place on Sunday, August 22. Registration/Check-In begins at 12pm and the Walk begins at 1pm. Location: Northern Riverside Park - 1105 N. Fourth Ave in Big Rapids. You can donate, register to walk in person or virtually at www.thebarefootmile.org (choose Big Rapids). Text to Give: Text BRBFM to 50155. Walk a mile in solidarity with impoverished and trafficked children. We will post the poster in the video comments. Thank you for talking about this cause and please help in any way by donating and/or participating in this event happening this weekend.

Thank you to all of our guests and for the great service and work you do in our wonderful community. Great events are happening today as well in Downtown Big Rapids - the Big Rapids Farmers' Market is happening now until 2pm and from 12pm-2pm Pocket Park Concert Series! Enjoy the beautiful day and we'll see you all next week! #bandoflocals #sunny973 #dunegrass #thebarefootmile #community #supportlocal

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Dave VanderWeele - Big Rapids Cash and Carry
Karen Stites - Big Rapids Eagles

Good Morning! Band of Locals - Buy Local First  is always live Friday mornings on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Their guests today were Karen Stites with the Big Rapids Eagles 2535 and Dave VanderWeele with Big Rapids Cash & Carry. 

Karen discussed all things Eagles and one thing to know is Friday they have a great Fish Dinner! An upcoming event for the Eagles is the Steven C. Hall Memorial Golf Outing on Saturday, August 21 at 10am at Clear Lake Golf Club. This will be a Four Person Team Scramble at $65 per person entry fee which includes: greens fees and cart, lunch at the turn, steak dinner at the Eagles, & special prizes. ๐’๐ข๐ ๐ง ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž Big Rapids Eagles 2535 - 18361 16 Mile Rd. 231-796-6453. All proceeds goes to the Susan P. Wheatlake Foundation for gas cards for cancer patients. Help this wonderful cause and enjoy a great day of golf, fun and food! 

Dave was in studio to talk about his business at Big Rapids Cash & Carry on 130 S. 3rd Ave right here in Big Rapids. We loved hearing his passion along with the history and 4 generations with this treasured business. The site of this business has a long history with selling lumber and building materials. 1905 the Ward Brothers operated a sawmill along with flooring, coal and lumber yard out of one of the existing buildings still being used today! The business now offers and provides a wide variety of products in: building, paint, plumbing, electrical, tools, hardware, lawn and garden. This supply dealer specializes in kitchen and bath design... they basically have anything that deals with construction materials! Thank you Dave for being in studio and we had to mention Lori too and how her work there along with being one of the first with the Band of Locals is something we love to mention.

Thank you to our guests, Steve, Marianne for filming and don't forget that today is the Big Rapids Farmers' Market along with Pocket Park Music downtown. Enjoy the beautiful weather and we'll see you next week!

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It was a perfect night for the All Class Reunion!

It was a perfect night for the All Class Reunion!

It was wonderful seeing everyone at the All Class Reunion. Thank you to the hard working committee that put this together!

It was wonderful seeing everyone at the All Class ...

Today's Guest: Mark Brejcha

Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings at 9:15am on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guest was Mark Brejcha who wears many hats in our community. He has had a 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force, former adjutant of Post 98 and District 10's Boys and Girls State recruiter. Mark talked about the great service and work of our community's veterans and we loved hearing the story of General Fuller and the national impact on our country he had. From his accolades, to roads here and at Quantico being named after him to presidents recognizing him and more. Make sure to watch and listen to this video to hear all the fascinating facts! This year, there is going to be a statue head of General Fuller being made and Gordy Mallett from our community has already made the clay sculpture and it is being bronzed. It will be revealed in November this year. Donations are still being accepted for this project. You can write a check to the American Legion Post 98 and send to 320 S. Fourth Street or call Mark directly at 231-527-5441 and he will pick up your financial donation. November will also be the Veterans Parade in Big Rapids and we heard from Mark how our community's parade was the 3rd largest in the state after Detroit and Grand Rapids - our community is amazing and the support we give truly shines. 

Thank you Mark for coming in today and don't forget the Big Rapids Farmers' Market is happening now until 2pm and from 12pm-2pm the Pocket Park Concert Series will be jamming away great music! Tomorrow is also the 2021 BRHS All Class Reunion. Carlleen will also be doing downtown tours starting today at 2pm and tomorrow at 11am so if you'd like to join make sure to meet on time for the fun! Have a great weekend everyone! #bandoflocals

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Today's Guest: Kerri Waters with Gwin Girls Winery and Tasting Room, Rex Schuberg and Big Rapids Department of Public Safety.

Happy Friday! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings at 9:15am on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Guests today were Gwin Girls Winery and Tasting Room. It was fascinating to hear their story and the process of making wine, using local produce and more. They also have great food to pair with your wine! This winery is located on 3600 9 Mile Road in Remus. Phone is 517-282-7100 and email is gwingirlswinery@gmail.com. Make sure to check their Facebook Page for seasonal hours. Currently, their hours are Thursday - Saturday from 11am-8pm and Sunday from 12pm-5pm. Thank you again for stopping in and talking about your business. Make sure to check them out!

Rex was also in studio to talk about the 2021 BRHS All Class Reunion that is taking place on Saturday, August 7th in Downtown Big Rapids! This is a fun free event to go to and reconnect with classmates and more. There will be a BBQ dinner you can purchase along with a cash bar. Music and dancing along with presentations and a tribute to Major General Ben Fuller will happen. You can see the full schedule and more on the event page and purchase your tickets/rsvp if interested at www.brhsalumni.com. The same weekend there will also be the 50th Reunion for the BRHS Class of 1971! 

We also had Public Safety stop in to discuss the upcoming National-Night Out that is on Tuesday, August 3 from 5pm-8pm. This is a free event that will take place in Downtown Big Rapids and is a fun family-friendly event with free food, music, games and prizes. Michigan Ave will be closed for so police and fire trucks will be displayed for the kids to explore. This is a great event and way to enhance relations with law enforcement and the community. They have many things happening all weekend long! To see the schedule and to rsvp and more please go to their website at: www.brhs1971.com/events/big-rapids-high-school-class-of-1971-50th-reunion

Thank you again to all of our guests and we love hearing about our local businesses, organizations, events, and great things happening in our community. Hope you all have a great weekend!

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Today's Guest: Susan representing the BRHS Class of 1971 50th Reunion Committee.

Good morning everyone. The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guest was Susan and she is on the committee for the Big Rapids High School Class of 1971 50th Reunion. This is going to be a fun-filled weekend full of exciting events and a great way to celebrate a huge milestone. The Class of 1971 - 50th Reunion will be Friday, August 6 - Sunday, August 8. The website is www.brhs1971.com and you can see all the activities, and if you were in this class at BRHS you can register and contact the group as well. The main event will be on Saturday, August 7 from 3pm-8pm at the Elk's Club for the Open Air Tent.

Another reunion is also taking place on Saturday, August 7 - the 2021 BRHS All Class Reunion! This annual reunion will be in Downtown Big Rapids. Enjoy food, drinks and music on Michigan Ave. Event is free to attend for BRHS alumni and friends of the BRHS community. Optional BBQ Dinner from 5pm-7pm is available along with a Cash Bar from 5pm-11pm. You can register on their site at: https://brhsalumni.com/2021-all-class-reunion.

We hope you all have a great weekend! Don't forget the Big Rapids Farmers' Market is happening now until 2pm and Pocket Park Concert Series will be across the street from 12pm-2pm.

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Today's Guest: Sheli Hutchinson with Red Fox Market

Happy Friday Everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live at 9:15am Friday mornings on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Her guest today was Sheli Hutchinson with Red Fox Market. Sheli has been a practicing spiritualist for 30 years. She is an experienced energy worker and available for personal or group energy working sessions. She teaches courses to the public regarding Life Force Energy and the humane energy body.

You can contact her for dates of these classes. She is certified in the following areas: Energy Healing, Mastering the Energy Body, Diploma in Meditation, Mindfulness Life Coaching and Life Coaching Certification. Phone: 574-612-5368. Email: subtlevibestudio@gmail.com. Facebook: Subtle Vibes Studio

Thank you for stopping in and discussing your work and the importance of self care and how internally important it is to be in tune with ourselves. Red Fox Market offers many wonderful products, classes and more that you can utilize to help yourself in many ways. They are located in Downtown Big Rapids on Michigan Ave. Phone: 231-660-9000. Email: info@redfoxmarket.com. Facebook: Red Fox Market. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend! #bandoflocals #sunny973 #subtlevibestudio #redfoxmarket

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It’s happening now! Come on down to the band shell!

It’s happening now! Come on down to the band...

Today's Guests: Connie Gambee-Koepke, David Hamelund, Dana Myers and Duane Arthur Weed.

Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings at 9:15am on SUNNY 97.3 with Sunny and host Carlleen Rose. They had a full house in studio today! First up, Executive Director of the Mecosta County Visitors Bureau - Connie Gambee-Koepke and Big Rapids Lions Club President David Hamelund were here to talk about tomorrow's big event: Bands, Brews, & BBQ Festival!!! This event is free to the public and takes place from 2pm-10pm at the Bandshell by Hemlock Park. Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a day full of great bands, brews from the beer tent and also vendors. Support our local restaurants and purchase great food to enjoy and don't forget your beer from the beer tent! (No other alcohol is permitted at the event besides the beer tent in accordance with the State Liquor Control and event license). For more information about the festival please go to: www.bigrapids.org/bandfest.

Dana talked about the annual Morley Celebration on the Pond which takes place the first weekend every year in August! There will be a car show and of course the main event on Saturday! This is a great community event in Morley and it was nice to hear about the community coming together and all the support. They have expanded the car show and more so make sure to check it out! Duane talked about the Band of Locals new website that looks great and you can find at: www.bandoflocals.com and also about his work with his company DW Video & Multimedia, LLC . He has done work for everyone here in studio and more. If you want great photos and videography work done and more - he's your guy!

We hope you all have a great weekend and make sure to go to the Bandshell tomorrow for Bands, Brews & BBQ Fest! Also make a weekend out of it and stay at one of the hotels in town and enjoy supporting your local eateries and more.

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Today's Guest: Pat Currie 

The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings at 9:15am on SUNNY 97.3. Pat Currie was in studio to talk about the exciting things at his gas station...they are returning to Amoco! You can see the changes happening now from their signs and more. Listen to the unique story he has to share about this and how it is coming back. He also talked about the new Sandwich Shop located inside as well! Great names tied in with the Towing Business and more. It's always a good time when Pat is in the studio! Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend everyone too!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Today's Guests: Duey Parsons - River Valley Car Club & Connie Koepke - Executive Director at the Mecosta County Visitors Bureau.

Friday mornings you can find the Band of Locals - Buy Local First live on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve & host Carlleen Rose. Today's guest(s) talked about a great event happening tomorrow in downtown Big Rapids - Car Fest 2021! This event is sponsored by the Mecosta County Visitors Bureau with Big Country 100.9 WWBR Big Rapids as the official media sponsor & the River Valley Car Club is facilitating the event. Other activities happening at the Car Fest 2021 Car Show include a 50/50 raffle, (30) trophy presentations at 4:30pm, live musical performance by Chris Jane from 2:00pm-4pm (weather dependent), Public Safety with Police & Fire Reps along with Touch-A-Truck, food & fun for all! If you have a prized vehicle that you would like to enter for a chance at one of the coveted trophies up for grabs, or just enjoy socializing with other car lovers, you can register on the day of the event from noon – 2:00pm in front of TFC Bank. Cost is just $15.00 per vehicle to enter.

Connie discussed Car Fest along with upcoming 4th of July events happening in Mecosta County. The Visitors Bureau made a helpful flyer with all the information that you can get on their Facebook Page along with entering these events & more on their Community Events Calendar at BigRapids.org. She also discussed another upcoming event the Visitors Bureau is sponsoring... Bands, Brews, & BBQ Festival! This is on Saturday, July 10 from 2pm-10pm at the Bandshell by Hemlock Park and they are working again with the Big Rapids Lions Club, with Y-102 102.3 WYBR Big Rapids as the official media sponsor for the festival. Enjoy this FREE event (donations happily accepted) to five amazing bands covering different genres, a beer tent, local restauraunt food vendors & other vendors ranging from arts & crafts to organizations & more. You can find the flyer & more information including their press release on their website at BigRapids.org/bandfest. 

We are excited for all these upcoming events happening this summer here in Mecosta County!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live Friday mornings at 9:15am on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Their guest today was Roxanne Cullen with Artworks in Big Rapids. Thank you for coming in and talking about all the wonderful programs, classes, exhibitis and more that is at Artworks. We are happy that in person viewings of exhibits are open and currently you can see Native American Art: From the collection of Charmaine Lucas, Wild Things: An Exhibit of All Things Animal during their business hours: Monday thru Saturday from 10am-4pm. They also have workshops and classes you can take and find on their Facebook Page or on their website at: www.artworks.com. The Banners around Downtown Big Rapids are full of great art and you can find Roxanne in her box next to the The Old Pioneer Store and Emporium. There will be save the date soon for their 2021 Gala which will be on September 17th so stay tuned! We love how enriched our community is with the arts. Have a great weekend everyone and don't forget the Big Rapids Farmers' Market is happening now until 2pm and Pocket Park Concert Series is at 12pm-2pm aross the street!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good Morning Everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings at 9:15am on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guest was Tyler Schuberg - President at Schuberg Insurance Agency, Inc.. Thank you for stopping in and talking about many wonderful things and for bringing in special guest "Larry" to the studio! Tyler talked about our community and downtown including the upcoming fireworks that will be on Friday, July 2nd at dusk along with his involvement with the Jaycees and their great work and thanking the BR Lions Club for taking over the fireworks this year. Also with the community's projects at Hemlock Park including the splash pad, kayak launch and more and how it's great our community and all are coming together to help raise funds for this. He also talked about important insurance changes and updates that have happened and how it is important to know and be up-to-date on this news. Education is a key tool with the Schuberg Insurance Agency and you can learn more and connect with them on their website at www.schubergagency.com, email at info@schubergagency.com and call at 231-796-5881. They are located right downtown on Michigan Ave in Big Rapids and can stop on in as well. Thank you again Tyler for stopping by and sharing great information with us all! Today is also the Big Rapids Farmers' Market from 8am-2pm and Downtown Pocket Park Concert Series is from 12pm-2pm - so enjoy beautiful downtown Big Rapids today! Have a great weekend everyone.

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live Friday mornings at 9:15am on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Guests today were Mark Gifford - City Manager of Big Rapids, Dave Hamlin and Bill Simpson with the Big Rapids Lions Club. Mark discussed upcoming projects and services that the City of Big Rapids is doing including paving of streets, upcoming election and more. They are open at City Hall now too but have new protocols and different layout for safety etc. Feel free to stop in their building at 226 North Michigan Ave in Big Rapids. Phone Number: 231-592-4000. There was news of no fireworks show being planned this year so Mark contacted Dave and... there WILL be a Fireworks Show! The Big Rapids Lions Club is working with organizations and donations to bring a great show for Big Rapids. Please Note: The Fireworks show will NOT be on July 4th. The Fireworks show will be on Friday, July 2nd at Dusk. Dave discussed work the Lions Club does and the numerous charities, organizations and causes they help support for our community and we thank them. If you are interested in joining the Lions Club and/or wanting to send donations to help with the upcoming Fireworks Show and more you can contact Bill Simpson at 231-598-2690. Can send checks to their PO Box 807, Big Rapids, MI 49307. They also mentioned the upcoming Bands, Brews, & BBQ Festival on July 10th with the Mecosta County Visitors Bureau! This is going to be a fun-filled day with great live music, brews, food, vendors and more! Thank you again Mark, Dave and Bill for being on the show today and for sharing the great work and what's happening with your organizations. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Today is also the Big Rapids Downtown Business Association's Pocket Park Concert Series with Whiskey Bound as the first band to kick-off this annual summer music series. The Big Rapids Farmers' Market is also happening today from 8am-2pm downtown. Get out and support local, enjoy great music and the beautiful weather!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings at 9:15am on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guest was Nate Bailey and he is a true ambassador and wears many hats for Reed City. He is a broker realtor - Nate Bailey with Crossroads Realty of Michigan, a City Council Member, Planning Commission, President of the Reed City Heritage Museum along with work in Web Development and Graphic Design. We loved hearing his story and passion for his hometowm and why he chose to get as involved as he is. Your drive is commendable and we love seeing people who truly root for their community and work hard and do what they can to help see it succeed. We also will share an image of a flyer below regarding the Reed City Heritage Museum's 1st Annual Golf Scramble that is taking place on June 25 at Spring Valley Golf Course in Hersey. Proceeds will go to the museum. Thank you again Nate for stopping to the studio and we wish you all the best in your endeavors. 

Don't forget that the Big Rapids Farmers' Market is taking place today from 8am-2pm. It is also Memorial Day Weekend and we hope you have a safe and happy weekend with your family and loved ones.

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Focus on the Band of Locals - The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live Friday mornings at 9:15am on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Guest today was Mary Bechaz with the Big Rapids Garden Club. We loved having Mary on the air to talk about the BR Garden Club, Master Gadeners and their impressive skills, helpful tips like dandelion coffee and more! This club's mission is, "Pursuing knowledge of all types of gardening, beautifying our town and making friends and having fun while doing it!" Mary also discussed the upcoming BR Garden Club Plant Sale that is taking place on Saturday, May 29th from 9am-3pm at The Old Jail in Big Rapids. There will be perennials, shrubs, roses, annuals, ground covers, herbs, veggies and bulbs! Their prices can't be beat and the money rasied at the plant sale will go into the club's community projects. You can also talk to the master gardeners who can talk with you about anything you need to know and if you're interested in this club and their events and more! Thank you Mary.

We hope you all have a great day today! The Big Rapids Farmers' Market is also taking place today until 2pm downtown so let's enjoy the great weather and great local produce and plants!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings at 9:15am on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Our videographer Marianne Biggart Pitts is here always capturing our show. Today's guest was Todd Balkema with Jordan Balkema Elder Law Center.

Jordan Balkema Elder Law Center provide numerous services and provide information about estate planning, probate, Medicaid and other issues pertaining to elder law. They want to help you and assist the elderly with protecting their assets from probate expenses, federal estate taxes and nursing home expenses. We learned great information that senior Veterans should know about and get the aid and resources they deserve in their benefits plan! They serve Central Northern Michigan and have locations in Big Rapids, Gaylord, Traverse City and Cadillac. Their website is: www.myelderlawplanning.com and you can find all their information, question topics, newsletter signup, events, services and more. You can also call them to set up an appointment and see how they can help you too at 800-395-4347. This is a wonderful business that has been in our community for years and we appreciate all that you do. Their Big Rapids location is right here in downtown Big Rapids on 218 Maple St #A and you can park in the back lot. Thank you Todd for being our guest today.

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First show is always live Friday mornings at 9:15am on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose, Today's guests were Dan and Amy Voss - Captain Corps Officers with the The Salvation Army - Big Rapids, MI.. This is a wonderful nonprofit organization in our community that does so much social service and work. As they say, "The Salvation Army meets physical needs, in order to serve spiritual needs." We enjoyed hearing about the wonderful thrift store and how this helps run their organization and more. You can donate to the front or back of their store. But please note: do not donate destroyed/tamepred items because they CANNOT SELL them and have to pay to have them thrown out and that would not be helpful for anyone. They also talked about the holiday season and their Red Kettle campaign and how this too helps them and their mission so much. There are many ways to help including: Donating Money, Become a Fundraiser, Volunteer, Donate Goods and Clothing and more. 

The Salvation Army - Doing the Most Good. Thank you again to our guests for stopping in and talking about their work with us. We love our community and people like them and their organzation that truly help one another out and make a difference. Please see their information below in case you have any questions, would like to talk to them and know where to go to donate, shop and support them.

Family Store & Donation Center - 218 N. Michigan Ave. East, Big Rapids
Ph: 231.660.5060 - Facebook: www.facebook.com/sabigrapids

Big Rapids Corps - 325 Linden St, Big Rapids
Ph: 231.796.5597 - Email: Amy.Voss@usc.salvationarmy.org
Web: https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/bigrapids/

Dan and Amy's Cell Numbers: 
Dan: 231.580.1995 / Amy: 231.349.9436

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good Morning Everyone. The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose for the Focus on the Band of Locals show! Today's guests were from the Mecosta County Historical Museum. They are reopening for the season this Saturday, May 1st at 10am! Their new hours are 2pm-4pm on Fridays and 10am-12pm on Saturdays. They are located on 129 S. Stewart in Big Rapids. This summer will also feature the museum's annual Victorian Tea. It will be on May 16 from 2pm-4pm along with an Old Fashioned Picnic later in August. For any questions, please call 231-592-5091. History enthusiasts get ready to explore and learn about the different items and displays including the area's logging history.

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Focus on the Band of Locals - The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guest was Paul Griffith and this man wears many hats in our community! He was the former Director of Michigan Works and even though he is retired Paul is very active in the Parks and Trails world here in Mecosta County! He talked about the new trail - Michigan's Dragon at Hardy Dam and also about the Friends of the White Pine Trail and great updates and things to know for our outdoor enthusiasts. He also talked about the Mecosta County Park Commission and different projects and details about the parks. Coming up on May 4, there will be a Ballot Millage Proposal. This will help with their recreational opportunities and more. To learn more about this you can go to this link: https://www.mecostacountyparks.com/uploads/9/2/6/3/92633552/millage_-_questions_and_answer_2021_-_final.pdf. You can also see general parks information inlcuding listings, amenities and more on the Mecosta County Parks' website at: https://www.mecostacountyparks.com/ along with their Facebook Page. 

Thank you again Paul for stopping in this morning and for sharing all of this information! It is that time of the year to get out and enjoy the outdoors and our community is blessed with great trails and parks to do so in. Speaking of which the opening season dates are happening for the parks with Brower Park today and next week on Friday, April 30th with School Section Lake Campground, Paris Park - Michigan and Merrill-Gorrel County Park! 
We will see you all next week for another edition of Focus on the Band of Locals! #bandoflocals #sunny973 #trails #mecostacountyparks

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Focus on The Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings at 9:15am on SUNNY 97.3 for "Focus on The Band of Locals" and Kyle Wells and host Carlleen Rose's guest today was Joni Littrell Thompson withAngels of Action. This woman and her organization are such a blessing to our community and do numerous projects, programs, events and help oru community's children and families. They are celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year along with amazing updates that Joni talked with us about. The Angel Ride Run Walk 2021 is coming up on May 1st. Make sure to register now for this event and help raise money and awareness for childhood hunger! You can go here to register: angelriderunwalk2021.eventbrite.com. There is also the Corner of Hope - Community Kindness Rock Garden, Their Food Programs consist of: Rock the Crock, Backpack Blessings, Summer Lunch Program, Mobile Food Pantry and Find a Feed Fred. Community Programs include: The Hub, Literacy in Action, The Give Shop, Blanket Program and Angel Hygiene Kits. They are always looking for donations and volunteers - you can find all their information on their website at: angelsofaction.org, their Facebook Page: Angels of Action. They are located on 200 S. Stewart Street and their number is: 231-629-8140, and email is: info@angelsofaction.org. Thank you again Joni for all that you do and for coming in to talk about Angels of Action. As you said - find your passion and that will make your work and life that much more enriching and fulfilled. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next Friday for another edition of Focus on The Band of Locals! #bandoflocals #sunny973 #angelsofaction

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guest was Gretchen Spedowske and she was here on behalf of the Big Rapids Eagles 2535. Thank you for coming into the studio and talking about upcoming projects, events and all things happening at the Eagles. There are always meals with great food options that you can enjoy and dine in or take out along with events and parties that can be hosted there. They have also been hard at work updating and doing many projects at their hall and we are excited to see it including the new paint, sound stystem stage(s) and more! One event that you should go to is their Open House - which takes place on Sunday, April 18 from 1pm-4pm. You can stop in and see all of the updates and beautification of the banquet and social room - there will be tables highlighting weddings, holiday themes and more so you can have a great way to see how the Eagles can host your event and special day! For any questions and/or to contact the Eagles you can call between 10am-3pm to 231-796-6458. E-mail is breagles2535@aol.com. Their Facebook page features news and event postings and more. Thank you for all the work you and all the volunteers do Gretchen and the Eagles is a great part of our community and we cannot wait for all the future fun! They are always looking for new membership so if interested make sure to reach out! Have a great weekend everyone. #bandoflocals #sunny973 #breagles #community

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live Friday mornings at 9:15am on SUNNY 97.3 wtih Steve and host Carlleen Rose. We had a guest videographer today - our dear friend Connie Gambee-Koepke - Executive Director at the Mecosta County Visitors Bureau and our guest was Anja Wing who is with Visit Greater Cadillac! We know and love Anja and she has worked and been with us here in Mecosta County prior! She was a former Chamber Director here and along with Carlleen....helped create the Band of Locals! Thank you for visiting us and for sharing the story and history of our organization at a time our community and small businesses needed it. We love supporting local and making an impact on our community. The current work you are doing too is amazing and we love that the CVBs like yours and Connie's work and share great ideas and promote tourism all around. Connie spoke with us too about the Community Coupon Booklet that is one of their new projects and features many coupons and ads for retail, food and services in our community that all hotel guests this year will receive at our wonderful area hotels to help promote the Big Rapids Region! Thank you for your promotion of Mecosta County and the continual work you do. This was a great show and we are proud of how hard working these women are and for always making a difference. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend and Happy Easter from us to you! <3 #bandoflocals #sunny973 #mecostacountyvb #cvb #community #supportlocal

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Focus on the Band of Locals - The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's show theme was... FOOD! Our first guest was Marianne Biggart Pitts who happens to be our usual videographer! We wanted to showcase her business and help support her. Marianne is an Independent Consultant for Pampered Chef. She is so knowledgeable on skills, tips, and all you need to know with your tools in the kitchen! There are many new tools offered in the new catalog and you can reach out to Marianne for your copy today. Make sure to order through Marianne so she can benefit from her work. You can email her at: pcmariannepitts@gmail.com, call her at: 231-796-2674 and go on her website at: www.pamperedchef.biz/pcmariannepitts. You can find her also on Facebook: Marianne Biggart Pitts where she offered videos, "FB Minutes with Marianne!"

Our next guest were from Manna Pantry of Big Rapids. Executive Director - Bonnie Clark and the one and only Isabelle who helped found this nonprofit. This began in a closet and over the years it has grown and has a wonderful location and expansion. They are located on 315 S. State St in Big Rapids. You can see their Facebook Page: Manna Pantry of Big Rapids and visit their website at: www.Mannapantry.org and email at: 1mannapantry@gmail.com. We learned SO much about Manna Pantry and didn't realize how much they do and offer. They want to help ANYONE who needs food. The elder who cannot go to the store, those who are in a bind and all - reach out to them! They are offering a phone service and you can custom what items you'd like, and their volunteers will prep, leave outside and you can pull up and be good to go! Many businesses and organizations in the community help Manna Pantry and offer products, gift cards and more. They are always looking for volunteers so if you are interested please let them know. Donations, checks and time are always accepted. Thank you again to our guests and we love seeing our community being there and helping each other out no matter what! <3

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Focus on The Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! TheBand of Locals - Buy Local First's morning radio segment on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose is always a great time to highlight our community and businesses that do so much. Today's guest was Sue Wilson - owner of Travel Navigator. Thank you for coming in and discussing what you do and how you can help people make their travel plans and experience more stress-free. This is especially crucial during COVID-19 and many guidelines, restrictions and updates that are still happening. Take the worry, stress and uncertainty away and use a travel agent who can take care of everything for you. To reach Sue, you can go on her Facebook page, email her at travelvacations@charter.net, or call her at 231-867-3309. Her website is: http://travelnavigator.net/?fbclid=IwAR3MtBUdmkJhQDiV7hhlPgISyjlOAthGIlKWtIv3GMKx374_LMbFzdq8PfI.

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Focus on the Band of Locals - The Band of Locals - Buy Local First has our show Friday mornings on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guest was Jon Coles and he was here to discuss the Hemlock Park Improvement Projects which include Kayak Launch, Tennis Courts etc. along with the Splash Pad. These will be exciting additions to our community and they are raising funds as we speak. You can go to their Go Fund Me Page at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hemlock-park-splash-pad and any donation is appreciated. There will be more fundraising opportunities this summer so stay tuned. We love our community always growing <3

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is on at 9:15am on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guest was Jacques Atwood - Owner of Big Rapids Computer Repair and Sales and also new business being featured today - Pristine Auto Spa! What an accomplished young man. Thank you Jacques for talking to us abotu your new business and what you are offering. Pristine Auto Spa does great work and goes the extra mile with restoring your car to dealership cleanliness with affordable prices and excellent service. Interior Detailing is by appointment only. You can call 231-414-7454 or message them at their page etc. Great before and after pics and more are featured on their site! Their prices start at $125 which compared to some others is very reasonable. We wish you the best of luck in your new business and we love our community and our small businesses! Have a great weekend and we'll see you next time. #bandoflocals #pristineautospa #supportlocal #smallbusiness #mecostacounty #community

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Hello everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First was live this morning on SUNNY 97.3 with Kyle Wells and host Carlleen Rose! Today's guest was Michele Bosscher - owner of Serendipity. Thank you for stoppping in to share and discuss the new fashion news! There are two store locations, one in Cadillac and one right here in beautiful downtown Big Rapids in the Fairman Building on S. Michigan Ave. They are open Monday through Friday from 10:00am-5:30pm and Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm. 231-629-8464 is their number and they are simply about the "things we love." They provide quality one-on-one customer care to esnure a wonderful shopping experience and you can tell this business intertwines passion with their products that will put a smile on your face. Carlleen is a huge fan of their clothes and we hope you support this local business!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good Morning Everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First Friday morning show on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose this morning is one that many of you should tune into - we discussed the COVID-19 Vacinne and helpful resources and information. Our guest today was Beth Langenburg - Chief Operating Officer at Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals. She discussed resources including a website and phone number to register for the vaccine and for all questions: spectrumhealth.org and 833.755.0696 (Phone Call Times are from 8am-8pm). If you have already had your first dose - your second dose is guaranteed. There are some rumors of shortages and Beth helped to dispell them. There are also guidelines and age groups and more that are happening for the vaccine so make sure to be in the know! Thank you for answering questions, discussing points, and more - we know many people are unclear about the vaccine, the status in Mecosta County and more. We are in this to help one another out, maintain social distancing, stay safe and try to get through this <3 Have a great weekend everyone! #bandoflocals #spectrumhealth #covidvaccine #resources #beintheknow

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is so excited to be back live on the air with Steve at SUNNY 97.3 for our Friday morning show - Focus on the Band of Locals. We missed you all and want to say our community has done an amazing job of coming together during these hard times and we want to thank our local businesses and community for their support and helping one another out. 

Our first guest back is our dear friend Connie Gambee-Koepke - Executive Director of the Mecosta County Visitors Bureau. Thank you for joining us today Connie and for sharing all the great work, projects and updates happening over at the Visitors Bureau! From the shutdown last year till now, the Visitors Bureau has worked nonstop with helping with flyers, posts, their new website and more to help our small businesses. We appreciate all you do. Their new branding, logo, and website (BigRapids.org) is filled with so many features and amentiies for visitors and our locals to enjoy! From the Community Calendar of Events, to Lodging, Explore - the Dragon, Trails, Fishing and more to Dining and the new My Trip feature where you can "heart" any member listing and save it so you can enjoy all there is to Explore in the Big Rapids Region. This upcoming Community Coupon Booklet for visitors at our hotels will have great access and information for Things to Do while they stay including the Dragon Trail and great deals for Dining, Retail and more. The Visitors Bureau continues to help the hotels, local businesses and community with tourism, marketing and letting visitors know why our community is special. Their partnerships with Pure Michigan, West Michigan Tourist Assoication the DNR and more continue to help spread the word on Mecosta County and we thank them for continuing to help promote our community's tourism industry!

See you next Friday and have a safe and happy weekend everyone! #bandoflocals #sunny973 #mecostacountyvb #community

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and Carlleen Rose. Today's guest is a new business here in town along with a new BOLs member! Jesse Pasch was here in the studio with - Lume Cannabis Co. Big Rapids. This is a Michigan-based cannabis company and they represent having a "world-class product, cultivation facility and retail experience. Jesse spoke about the numerous products including plant, edibles, lotions and more and it was fascinating to hear about this business and more. You can find them at 113 S. Michigan Ave in Big Rapids. Their number is: 231-598-8800, website: https://www.lume.com/big-rapids/ and email: contact@lume.com. We tagged their Facebook Page as well! Thank you to our guest and for also helping the business community grow here in Big Rapids and Mecosta County. Thank you again and we hope you all have a great weekend!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good Morning Everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Their guests today were Andrew Bugart - Business Owner of Five Star Food Express Big Rapids and Jacqui Gorczewicz and Kim Easler with Angels of Action. 

Andrew's business is a food delivery company that delivers your favorite food from your dining businesses around you! They service Big Rapids, Stanwood and Canadian Lakes areas. Their website is: https://bigrapids.michigan.express/?fbclid=IwAR3ODDR852VtAi0R8yipjNL-OHiYdZ6Kn5tYQblWADBGLICf5mCkD_VB-Pc and you can also find them on Facebook (@FSFXBigRapids). Phone Number - 616-863-7857/Email - andyb@fivestarexpress. Thank you Andrew for coming onto the show and we love seeing the growth in our community's locally-owned and operated businesses.

Jacqui and Kim were in the studio today to talk about the wonderful mission and work of Angels of Action - helping to end hunger for our children and youth. They also collaborate and do many events, fundraisers and more to help their cause. Their big event is Light Up The Night! This is an annual charity gala event sponsored by Century 21 White House Realty and benefiting Angels of Action feeding Mecosta and Osceola counties' kids. We will post the event flyer(s) in the video comments. You can also participate in the new Online Auction - which they have altered due to covid and not being able to have their usual live auction - you can find it here at: https://www.32auctions.com/lutn2020?fbclid=IwAR2_jugfdKUqD9cSQKTK5USkfOepBDOilTQX6E_ysP0ch-YsWuxv54lLKMQ. For any queestions, please call 231-629-8140 and you can also email: info@angelsofaction.org.

Thank you again to all of our guests and also to our friend Connie Gambee-Koepke - Executive Director over at the Mecosta County Visitors Bureau for filling in as our videographer! We thank you and appreciate your comments about Happenings in Mecosta County along with Outdoor Recreation Opportunities. You can find all this and more on their website at: BigRapids.org. Have a safe and happy weekend everyone! Also don't forget to tune into Ferris State Athletics happenings as well! Go Dawgs!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings at 9:15am with Steve on SUNNY 97.3 and host Carlleen Rose! Today's guest was Bob Patterson CF - Local Business Owner of Patterson's Flowers Inc. Thank you Bob for taking the time this morning to visit us and talk about your wonderful business and the many years in our community you have helped on with being on boards, helping with programs and more. You can find Patterson's Flowers Inc in Reed City, Cadillac and close to this radio station - Downtown Big Rapids at 216 Maple St. and their phone number is 231-796-8683. You can also see information and posts on their Facebook Page alon with their website which you can order online and utilize their delivery services and their stores: https://www.pattersonflowers.com/. Tomorrow is Halloween and there are several Trunk or Treats happening along with Haunted Mazes and Trails and more! You can find all happenings on our friends the Mecosta County Visitors Bureau's Community Events Calendar at: BigRapids.org. Be safe and practice social distancing while you have a Spooktacular Weekend!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! You can always find the Band of Locals - Buy Local First live Friday mornings at 9:15am on their radio show segment on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Her guests today were Ron Whitman with Hungry Howie's Pizza, Dave Hamlin - Big Rapids Lions Club and Robyn Richards Stratton - Rotary Club of Big Rapids, Michigan. 

Ron discussed a wonderful cause and special that his business is offering and a way to help give back to our community. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hungry Howie's will be offering a special - $1 Medium 1-Topping Pizza when you buy a Large Pizza. This is for their "Love, Hope & Pizza" campaign. You can find this exclusive online offer at: hungryhowies.com. Thank you Ron for being on our show and for all the work and great deals and community involvement you have shown!

Robyn and Dave were here to discuss a wonderful collaboration between the Rotary Club of Big Rapids, Michigan and Big Rapids Lions Club that ithey are sponsoring - Giving Day Mecosta County! This is taking place Wednesday, December 2 and is a platform for all local nonprofits in Mecosta County. This will be a virtual event, along with the Big Rapids Eagles 2535 will be open for in-person check donations for those who cannot donate online. They will be open from 11am-6pm to collect donations. The website to see all the registered nonprofits for this event along with contact information and more you can find at: http://communitygivingday.org/?fbclid=IwAR3btBnL1UVqhQWoiHnb_crpwitRz_qQIgns9JL0bpRp2O0VM1rmq3jR-GI. If you are a nonprofit and would like to register to be part of this Community Giving Day - please make sure to reach out! There is a contact page on the website and someone will help you. 

Thank you again to our guests and for the wonderful community we have and all the resources, love, support and causes our patrons help with. This is what we need in 2020. We hope you have a great weekend everyone!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good Morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guests were Jason Rehkopf - Business Owner JR Customs and Collision, Patrick Aymar - Business Owner P&J's Plantiques and Leora A Bain - Registered Nurse and Founder of the nonprofit GLIDE "Guiding Life to Independence through Development and Education."

Jason's business dows quality auto body with and they have a wonderful pledge, "quality not compromise." With the seasons changing and all, taking care of our cars is crucial. If you have any questions or need work done you can contact JR Customs and and Collision by phone at: 231-598-9444, by email at jrcc9444@gmail.com and their website is JRCustomsandCollision.com. 

Patrick's P&J's Plantiques has a great nursery with many seasonal options including flowers, vegetables and more. They provide all local products which we love! To speak with and order amazing flowers and more especially with Boss's Day today - make sure to call 231-796-7950 and/or email patrickwaymar@gmail.com. Their Facebook page also has information. 

Leora's life story and the work she is doing now is truly astounding. She told her courageous story of being in the foster system and through some tough life moments pushed through and her success story is wonderful. She is a registered nurse with Spectrum Health and founder of her nonprofit GLIDE - aimed at supporting young adults who have aged out of the foster care system. Her and the board are all volunteers and are working to build the infrastructure, develop programs, getting to know community partners and spreading their message. They want to have a physical location too - so donations are helpful! Grants and community support are needed. On November 1 they are having a Virtual 5k Run. This is the start of National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Their goal is to raise $10,000. You can go to the site: glidehome.org/events to get involved and/or make a donation.

Thank you again to our three guests and for the amazing work, products, services and their support in our community. We are blessed. Also don't forget today is Boss's Day so make sure to send a thank you and also get a lovely floral arrangement and/or gift for them! We have many wonderful local businesses like our guest today who can help you out - check out our members listing on bandoflocals.com. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guests were Mat and Terri Wellnitz from Pamper Yourself LLC. They make soaps, lotions and more that are amazing! Everyone needs that "met time" and to take care of yourself and unwind and some of their fragrant lotions and more are just the thing you need. You can go to their website at pamperyourselfllc.com to see all their products, order online and more. You can email them your contact information at info@pamperyourself.com to have someone speak with you. Thank you to our guests and we love supporting our local businesses! We hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guest was Brian Miller - Sheriff of Mecosta County. He discussed drug issues in Mecosta County and interesting insight. Please listen and let's continue to work together and keep our community safe.

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Our guest today was Bradley Massman - Editor of the Big Rapids Pioneer. Thank you to our guest for talking about all the work you do in our community. You can find all your local news' stories and more with the Pioneer newspaper paper print and online at: www.bigrapidsnews.com. To correspond with Bradley you can contact him at: bmassman@hearstnp.com. 
 
We also had Connie Gambee-Koepke - Executive Director of the Mecosta County Visitors Bureau fill in today as our videographer - and what a fun start we had! Thank you Connie for helping out today. Please help us wish Connie a very Happy Birthday! You can also go to their Facebook page and website at: www.BigRapids.org for all things happening in the Big Rapids region along with their Community Events Calendar and more. Our dear friend and business memeber of the BOL's Dawn Corrie with Dawn Corrie Beauti For Real also has her birthday too! Happy Birthday Dawn. We hope our birthday friends have a wonderful day! Thanks for tuning in and we'll see you next week for our show - Have a great weekend everyone!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good Morning! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings with Steve at SUNNY 97.3. Today, Lynne Scheible filled in as host - thank you! Today's guest was Mary Bechaz, and she is affiliated with several organizations in our community including the Big Rapids Garden Club and the GFWC - General Federation of Women's Clubs of Big Rapids. Thank you for all that you do and your passion for important causes. You can always check out these organizations and if you'd like to volunteer or help in any way please do so! Health and wellness is also another area Mary is experienced in and we appreciated what she had to say about how to connect with nature and take care of yourselves even from how we breathe. Thank you again and don't forget today is the LAST Pocket Park Concert Series and to check the Mecosta County Visitors Bureau's Community Events Calendar at BigRapids.org to see all things happening including Our Brothers' Keeper Shelter's Second Annual Lucky Duck Race! tomorrow! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good Morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings at 9:15am on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guests were from Artworks in Big Rapids - former Director Lynne Scheible and the new Director Matt Hildebrand.

Many things are still happening in our community this year and our guests discussed a few! Brown Bag presentation: Women's Changing Roles: The Intersection of Sex, Race, and Class by Melissa Derosia is today at noon. There is another one next Friday on September, 18. The Women 2020 Heritage Walk is also that day. This year's Annual Gala is Virtual and a Week Long! Make sure to click to check out details for Artworks Gala 2020--It's Gone Virtual! There are also many classes and programs also taking place. To see them you can go to Artworks site at: artworksinbigrapids.org. Thank you again to our guests. 

We want to thank our friends over at the Mecosta County Visitors Bureau for writing out information for our weekly show and also for sharing on their page too! You can also find All Things Happening in Mecosta County on their website at: BigRapids.org including their Calendar of Community Events (which has Artworks events and all included), Things to Do, Community Links including our Band of Locals - Buy Local First, Trails, their new Fall Color County Tour and more! Our community is strong when we work together. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Don't forget at 12pm today there will be live music at Pocket Park along with the Farmers Market across the street at the City Lot. #community #bol #artworks #fall #events #mecostacountyvb #downtown

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! You can always catch the Band of Locals - Buy Local First's radio show live on Friday mornings at 9:15 on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Guests today were Sue Wilson - Travel Navigator and Mary Smith - The Barefoot Mile. 

With COVID and all happening in 2020, travel plans were definitely altered for many people. Sue was very helpful in discussing how having travel assistance can help with things like rescheduling, updating news, vouchers and more. Travel Navigator is a full service travel agency offering professional agents to assist you in all your travel needs! She also mentioned that many flights and bookings for 2021 are filling up due to many of this year's trips, events and more are moving to next year - so if interested in a trip make sure to reach out to Sue. Her website is www.travelnavigator.net and phone number: 231-867-3309. 

Mary discussed the issue of children trafficking and the real issue it is especially in our very own state. She works with JOY International and their work with coordinating rescue, restoration, reintegration of children, teens and young women affected by trafficking and the prevention of child trafficking worldwide. Later this month, there will be a Big Rapids, MI Barefoot Mile Event. This helps raise funds for JOY International. You can help join the fight for their freedom by registering to walk today. Registering is free and you can help raise funds for this event individually or as a team. The Barefoot Mile here in Big Rapids is on Saturday, September 26 from 9:00am-12:00pm and meeting atCity of Big Rapids Parks & Recreation on 226 N. Michigan Ave. The event link and all information can be found online at: https://www.joy.org/barefoot-mile-events/2020/9/26/big-rapids-mi-barefoot-mile.

~Thank you again to our guests and providing all of this wonderful information about the work and events happening in our community. Don't forget that Fridays are the Big Rapids Farmers' Market and Pocket Park Concert Series brought to you by the Big Rapids Downtown Business Association and sponsored by Lake-Osceola State Bank. Have a happy and safe Labor Day Weekend everyone!~

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good Morning Everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings on SUNNY 97.3. Today Kyle Wells was running the station with host Carlleen Rose. Today's guests were members of Our Brothers' Keeper Shelter - Leslie Parish, President and Ron McKean, Vice President. OBK provides a temporary home to homeless families and single adults along with helpful services and resources. They are always looking for donations and help! You can call them at 231.629.8033 or go on their website at obkshelter.org for more information.

Also, they are having a Second Annual Lucky Duck Race! on Saturday, September 19th at 11am at Mitchell Creek Park. All proceeds will go to OBK to help with items and raising awareness. We will put the flyer in the comment section below! Thank you again to our guests and let us all remember to help each other out and be a strong community of support <3

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings for our radio segment on SUNNY 97.3. Kyle Wells was in the studio with host Carlleen Rose this Friday! Today's guest we are very excited about - EMMA DAISY ART artist Emma Daisy Gertel! Thank you so much for being on our show and talking about the beautiful mural you are working on here in Downtown Big Rapids! This public artwork mural is for Big Rapids Festival of the Arts and what a wonderful piece of art that will be part of our community now to enjoy. To see more of her work you can go to her website at www.emmadaisy.com. Thank you and we hope you and everyone has a great weekend!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Happy Friday everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First's radio show is always live on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guests were Kathy and Alicia Langworthy with B2 Outlet Store and Derek Lodholtz - Benefits Director and Lead Risk Manager at Lerner, Csernai and Fath Financial Group. Kathy and Alicia discussed their store's great products at affordable rates including back to school supplies! Make sure to check them out on Perry Avenue where you can find many things for you and the family at their store and they also give back which is so wonderful. Derek discusses the resources, projects and new things happening with his work and how they provide helpful information and more for families. We thank our guests for their work they do and for coming on our show. Don't forget we have the Big Rapids Farmers Market happening and at noon across the street you can catch the Pocket Park Concert Series. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Happy Friday everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. We had a full house this morning with three wonderful guests and members of our community: Skipper Battis with - Two Hats Ranch, Julie Cole who wears many hats and is involved with numerous projects and groups, and Rebecca Thaddeus with Coming to Be. Thank you for sharing information about what you do and for all your work and contributions to Mecosta County. We love to see things in motion especially during times like this. Thank you for coming onto our show and we hope you all have a great weekend! #bandoflocals #community #support

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Part 2 of today's Focus on the Band of Locals - Buy Local First show this morning. Our second guest, Heidi Kinnaly with Artworks in Big Rapids is another wonderful artist in our community and is involved in so many projects from her work in jewelry and art, to her volunteer work and also with Summer Camps in Artworks. It was nice to hear how adaptable the kids were with new things such as masks and social distancing and how happy they were to still be able to do their camp and get out of the house. Numbers had to be cut due to the new rules but they made it happen. Make sure to check out Artworks page because a few spots remain in upcoming Summer Camps happening. She also talked about the Exhibit: Willful Women: A Tribute to the Artists that is going on too. No matter what you can enjoy art, get outside and appreciate the small things now more than ever. Thank you again to our guests and we will see you all next week!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Part 1 of Focus on the Band of Locals - Buy Local First show this morning on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and Carlleen Rose. Today's show focused on positive vibes and creativity which is much needed! Our guests were local artists Corri Riebow with Paris Creek Jewelry and Heidi Kinnaly with Artworks in Big Rapids. Corri does amazing jewelry work and uses many natural elements which show appreciation for the outdoors and natural energy and connection. Speaking of connection, did you know that Corri is the jewelry artist for the “Faith Tree” and “Don’t be Anonymous” lines that are featured at the The Old Pioneer Store and Emporium/Kilwins of Big Rapids. Thank you for your passion and work you do. Make sure to check Part 2 of today's show on our Facebook page!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - It's a beautiful Friday morning here in downtown Big Rapids! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First radio show on SUNNY 97.3 is where it's at - with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. We want to celebrate and say welcome to "Club 60" to Steve! Our guests today were Bruce Borkovich - Director of Ferris State University Department of Public Safety and also Author of his book Wild Things and Josh Pyles - Director of the Big Rapids Downtown Business Association, City of Big Rapids Parks & Recreation and the Big Rapids Farmers' Market. Bruce talked about his career, book, community and we appreciate his service and all he does. Josh discussed how we are picking back up during these times and community events such as the Farmers Market, Pocket Park and Bandshell Concert series are back and following social distancing and guidelines. He also discussed the upcoming Chamber Golf Outing and how our local businesses, organizations and community work together and we can get through all things together. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend and at 12pm-2pm there is Pocket Park Concert happening and of course the Farmers Market across the street here downtown! #bol #sunny973 #fsu #publicsafety #wildthings #dba #farmersmarket #pocketpark #community

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Ramona Seath-Lubke putting a few notes together!

Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings with Steve on SUNNY 97.3 with host Carlleen Rose. Today's guest was a local staple here in Downtown Big Rapids and who is so close to us at the Fariman Building....the one and only Ramona! She shared wisdom and insight to us and we love our local angel. We also wanted to discuss the importance of treating each other with kindess and respect during these difficult times. Especially to our local businesses. We know some people are upset with the mask order but please do not take it out or cause trouble for our small business owners. They are a staple to our community and dealing with so much and trying to keep their license and have business run smoothly. We all need to support and be there for each other now more than ever. Also do not forget that Pocket Park Concert Series with Bob Craig live is today at 12pm along with the Farmers Market across the street! We hope you all enjoy the weather and have a safe weekend.

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Focus on the Band of Locals - The Band of Locals - Buy Local First had another great show on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guests were Clint Zimmermon - owner of the Red Fox Market and Connie Gambee-Koepke - Executive Director of the Mecosta County Visitors Bureau. We appreciate all they had to say. Clint spoke about his small business and how with all going on around us is staying open and doing his best. We all need to support our local businesses because they are the heart of this community. Red Fox Market has many wonderful products along with classes and services that will make returns. Stay tuned on their page and you can stop in on Michigan Ave to check them out! Connie is always a pleasure to have on our show. She talked about the Safe Business Pledge her organization made and is providing the opportunity for our businesses to take part of and to help make visitors feel better knowing we acknowledge all going on and taking the pledge to uphold safety guidelines. To see participating businesses and to read about this you can go to their site at: BigRapids.org/safecommunity. The Visitors Bureau provides many resources for the community including this, calendar of events, brochures, outdoor rec and more. Thank you again to our guests. Don't forget today from 12pm-2pm we have Pocket Park Concert Series along with the Farmers Market! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is live Friday mornings on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guest was Lynne Scheible from Artworks in Big Rapids. She is retiring and we thank her for her work and all she has done for Artworks and the community. Thank you for talking about the wonderful things Artworks has and provides as well. Our other guest was Matt Hildebrand who is the new Director at Artworks! We welcome you and wish you all the best in your new position. Make sure to check out Artworks online or their Facebook page to see all things happening. Thank you to our guests and we will see you next week!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - The Band of Locals - Buy Local First Friday radio show is back! We are on Friday mornngs at 9:15am on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guest was Byron Brooks and what an amazing man he is! Byron is doing amazing work and continues adding to his list of duties he's set forth for himself. He started a nonprofit organization, "From the Hood for the Hood." His organization is dedicated to developing, empowering, and engaging young people and communities that are often overlooked, while also being a training catalyst for Social Justice and fighting against homelessness. He talks about the importance of the current peaceful protests and how things like this along with his idea of community forums are crucial for communities and all going on. He also does a lot of volunteer work including the homeless. Byron is also on the Our Brothers' Keeper Shelter and serves great leadership. We need more people in the world like Byron. Thank you so much for coming to our show and sharing positivity at its finest. 

If you would like to support Byron and his message, please check out his nonprofit's fundraising page at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/enough-is-enough-standing-against-racism-blm?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&rcid=6a47594b5b054f69baeab349636e8132&fbclid=IwAR0UrXvy2PEsrpmi6HMDzq9TJGOcavg6FIjJWpKXCIo-srRiGvFUdB_ZXh0

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Good Morning everyone! We are excited to be back on the air with Steve from SUNNY 97.3 for the Band of Locals - Buy Local First Friday show. We wanted to focus on our community and local businesses today and say how the past few months with COVID-19 and Stay Home Order has really affected all of us. Businesses had to close and also deal with bills and financial hardships. We're happy to see most businesses back open but with new regulations that are getting used to by all. We urge everyone now mote than ever to support local businesses! They are a major part of the community and helping them helps all of us. Thank you for tuning in and look for us Friday mornings at 9:15 on 97.3!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone. The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is still doing our Friday morning show with Steve on SUNNY 97.3 and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guest was James Nostrant - owner of ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration by SMA. He provided extremely important and helpful tips on cleaning and disinfectant measures to take for your home, surfaces you touch, and your car. Gifs company have handy wipes on keychain that are perfect for your car to use and be safe! James recommends to follow CDC and EPA guidelines. If you'd like your home cleaned or more you can call Servicemaster at 231-823-8300 or go online for information at svmadv.com. 

We also wanted to mention Carlleen's fun homework assignment for the kids. Write your own book and add a title and pictures you draw and mail it to the The Old Pioneer Store and Emporium/Kilwins of Big Rapids at 118 N. Michigan Ave in Big Rapids. There will be live Facebook videos of your book! And when it is time and safe later on, they will have the children who wrote and sent in their books to come to the store for a gift from Carlleen and Brian AND Hungry Howie's Pizza will generously gift a free pizza offer as well! We also want to thank our videographer Marianne Biggart Pitts for her time and also make a plug to tune into her page Minutes with Marianne - Pampered Chef for live how to prep and cook meals! This can be great time to teach family how to cook together and having fun. Thanks for watching our show and please everyone stay safe and be happy!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone. The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is still making our Friday morning show segments on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guests provide very insightful information, resources and more for our community and small businesses during this trying time, so make sure to listen and watch the show! Josh Eling - Market President of Isabella Bank spoke about how banks are still open and provided resources for how small businesses can apply for special loans/grants, along with the strength of the bank now and how you can keep using the bank and even talking with employees on advice, and see if during this time you can make arrangements for your mortgages and more. It all starts with taking the initative and getting help and taking action for your business and all. 

Our other guest today was Chris Merendino - Private Equity Executive and Trustee of Big Rapids Township. He discussed and provided a lot of information for businesses and with liquidity and the economy during this time along with how businesses can look over their books etc and see their costs and all and to see where to cut costs etc during this time to make the best of the current situation. With the possible stimulus package being official soon make sure to utilize that along with local banks and those who are here to assist you. This trying time for us all we can use the extra free time and those who are staying safe and home to appreciate our family and all and know that we can get through anything.  Also note when things start to go back to normal to PLEASE support your local businesses. They are the backbone of the community and need your help more than ever. Thank you again to our guests and we hope you all have a safe and happy weekend. #bandoflocals #supportlocal #community

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Hello everyone! It's another edition of the Band of Locals - Buy Local First on SUNNY 97.3 with Kyle Wells and host Carlleen Rose. Her guests today were Sue Wilson with Travel Navigator, Tom Crandell - Trap Team Leader with TNR Mecosta and Jennifer Thede with ARC of Mecosta County. Sue discussed the ways she can help you save when planning a trip, and also with how to help in situations like now where current trips are cancelled and the steps to take and more. Make sure to call Sue to help you with any travel needs at (231) 867-3309. Tom and Jennifer talked about how fundraising and donations are crucial and how providing cans of food and all mean the world. Please note that the TNR Mecosta Euchre Fundraiser 2020 has been POSTPONED. You can stay tuned on their pages for updates. Thank you again to our guests for the care and services that they provide. You can always donate in general and help with these groups and the animals in our community! We hope you all have a great weekend and thanks for tuning in!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Hello everyone! It's Friday and the Band of Locals - Buy Local First's show is always live on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and Carlleen Rose. Her guests today were Cody Smigiel representing M. Schneider Electric LLC, Ron Whitman - Hungry Howie's Pizza, and Cathy Johnson wtih Voca Lyrica. 

M. Schneider Electric LLC is a new member with the BOLs and they are a local Veteran owned business that provides new construction, service, and remodels. You can contact them at 616.550.3348 or by email at schneidermatthewa@yahoo.com. We are happy to have you in our community! Ron is with Hungry Howie's here in Big Rapids which is pretty new as well and they have been busy! Ron spoke about how he helped bring the business here and all the products from their oringal flavored crust pizzas, to their unique subs, breads and wings. They also deliver and have catering options! Make sure to check out their Facebook page and/or call them at 231-796-8000. Cathy is part of Voca Lyrica and she talked about the upcoming The Journey of Harriet Tubman performance that will be at 4:00pm on Sunday, March 15 at St. Mary's Catholic Church (1009 Marion Ave in Big Rapids). This will be a celbration of the life and work of Harriet Tubman and will feature two additional choirs!  Voca Lyrica also accepts new members - so if interested please let them know. You can contact them on their Facebook page. We hope you all have a great weekend and join us next week for our next show!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! It's another edition of the Band of Locals - Buy Local First radio show on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guest was Jeff Thorne and he spoke about the Men's Conference that will be at Trinity Fellowship EFC on Saturday, March 14th from 9:00am - 4:30pm. This is a time for higher calling and to experience with people in your community. There will be speakers and more. Tickets are $25 and include lunch. For contact or any questions you can contact Jeff Thorne at (231) 592-0027 or Patrick Shea at   (231) 796-2600. Thank you again to our guest and we also want to say CONGRATULATIONS to the Ferris State Men's Basketball and Ferris State Women's Basketball on their big wins this week and for an amazing season. We are very proud - Go Dawgs! We hope you all have a great weekend!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - It's another edition of the Band of Locals - Buy Local First's radio show live on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and Carlleen Rose. Today's guests were Monica Schriner, Alexis Jackson and Ashley King with Cardinal Spa and Massage and Dawn Corrie! We were excited to hear about their services, products, collaborations and all! Make sure to utilize this team and treat yourself to relaxation, wellness, and care. There are many things coming up in our community so we hope you all have a great weekend! #bandoflocals

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings on SUNNY 97.3 and filling in for Carlleen today is Jeff Thorne from PT Plus. Today's guests were Kim Schwamberger - Executive Director of the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce and Allison Jackson - Events Coordinator & Administrative Assistant with the Chamber. This upcoming Tuesday is the Taste of Mecosta which is always a crowd favorite - and will be at the Holiday Inn Big Rapids. You can buy your tickets online at www.mecostacounty.com or stop into the Chamber to purchase. Thank you for talking about your event and we hope to see you all there! Also - Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! <3

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always on SUNNY 97.3 Friday mornings for our show with Steve and Carlleen Rose. Today's guests were Andrea Kitomary from the Student Retention Center atFerris State University and Roger Carroll and Jean Vallier with the Big Rapids Eagles 2535. Andrea talked about Ferris State helping with fun and interactive education and reading activities now through April of 2020. The upcoming one is Groundhog Day Event on Monday, February 17 at the Big Rapids Community Library. We will post her flyer with the other events in the comment section. Roger and Jean talked about the upcoming 4th Annual Sweethearts BlueJean Ball next Saturday, February 15. Enjoy a steak dinner, live music and of course dancing! Tickets can be purchased at the The Old Pioneer Store and Emporium/Kilwins of Big Rapids, Currie's BP, Big Rapids Eagles 2535 and at the door of the event as well. Thank you to our guests and we hope you all have a great weekend!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! It's another Friday show for the Band of Locals - Buy Local First on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guests were Amanda Langell LMT - Sports Massage Therapist at Performance Enhancing Body Work, Jason Rehkopf - JR Customs and Collision and Mary Picucci with the Old Jail Quilters Quilts of Valor Foundation. Thank you Amanda and Jason for talking about your businesses in our community and the services you provide. We learned a lot from Mary about how their group came about and also how this weekend with the beginning of the Big Rapids Festival of the Arts they have an event tomorrow, February 1st on National Sew Day! 10am at the Old Jail there will be sewing going on and if you'd like to watch or even participate please come! We hope you have a great weekend :)

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Focus on the Band of Locals - It's another Friday edition of the Band of Locals - Buy Local First's show on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Her guests today were Patty Elliott with Arch Staffing and Consulting and Jeff Bybee from Domino's Pizza. We are excited to have new business join the Band of Locals and for sharing the great work they do and offer great deals to the community when you have your blue band! Thank you Patty for talking about how your work provides professional and commercial services for all industries and to help bridge the gap between people and opportunities with your staffing firm. Jeff talked about the delicious food that Domino's makes and this week through Sunday they are offering a special for a large 2 topping pizza for only $5.99 what a deal! They offer delivery and carry out and have a phone app and tracker too - how convenient! This weekend we have our Ferris State Bulldog sporting events happening so make sure to tune in or cheer them on in person. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings on SUNNY 97.3 and today Kyle Wells was in the studio with host Carlleen Rose. Her guests today were from the Big Rapids Pioneer: Danette Doyle - Advertising Sales Manager and Amanda Greenwood - Events Coordinator. Thank you for talking about the upcoming events the newspaper is doing like the Sportsman's Dinner and more. Danette also spoke about the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce where she is also the current president, and about the new Executive Director - Kim Schwamberger and the great work and representation for the community she is and for the organization's growth. Thank you again to our guests and we hope you all have a wonderful weekend! #bandoflocals #bigrapidspioneer #chamber #community #supportlocal

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning - it's the Band of Locals - Buy Local First's radio show Friday mornings with Steve at SUNNY 97.3 and host Carlleen Rose. Her guests today were Duane Weed - Owner/CEO at DW Video & Multimedia, LLC and Jeanne Bergelin-Murphy - CPA/Owner at Bergelin & Murphy, LLC. These two help so much with the Band of Locals and we appreciate them taking the time today to talk about their local businesses and services they offer to the community. If you have digital projects, videos and more that you want done make sure to contact Duane. Tax season will be comin up soon and Jeanne will take care of you. It is important to support your local businesses because when you help them they in turn help support us. Local businesse reinvest financially in the community and add personal touch. If you do not have your Blue Band they are only $10 and you can purchase them at The Old Pioneer Store and Emporium/Kilwins of Big Rapids. This Blue Band offers MANY discounts to participating local businesses. It's a win-win for all! To find out more information you can go to our website at www.bandoflocals.com. We hope you have a great weekend. #bandoflocals #supportlocal #community

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good Morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live Friday mornings on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guest was Paula Beilfuss with Three Girls Bakery. Thank you for talking about your business and your menu, fun inclusion of Big Rapids with the names and for what you do. They are located right here in Downtown Big Rapids on Michigan Ave so make sure to check them out! They are part of the Band of Locals so if you do not have your Blue Band yet make sure to stop over to the The Old Pioneer Store and Emporium/Kilwins of Big Rapids and for just $10 you can have your Blue Band that gives you numerous discounts for local businesses participating!    #bandoflocals #bluebands #community

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good Morning Everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings with Steve at SUNNY 97.3. Today's guests were Stacey Bowman with the Amvets Post 1941, Jessica Slendak - Marketing Director at Canadian Lakes and Chip Issette - Managing Partner at Century 21 White House Realty. Stacey spoke about a wonderful thing the AMVETS are doing this Christmas - they are opening up and offering a free Christmas Dinner for the Veterans and anyone who needs a warm meal and to not be alone this holiday season. They will be open from 1:30pm and close up at 6:30pm on Christmas Day which is Wednesday, December 25. Dinner will be at 3pm. They are located on 320 S. Fourth St in Big Rapids, phone number 231-796-6998. We will upload the flyer in the video comments if you need. Jessica and Chip spoke about the history and how this amazing idea to light up the Castle in Canadian Lakes came about and we are glad they did because it is an annual treat! Make sure you go out and see this castle lit with over 100,000 LED lights and interactive music shows. This takes place every "festive" Friday and Saturday night until January 4th. It will also be on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve from 5:30pm - 9:30pm. Get your FREE VEHICLE PASS at nightsoflights.org. Thank you again to our guests and we want to wish you all a wonderful weekend and hope you all enjoy the holiday season!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good Morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings with Steve at SUNNY 97.3 with host Carlleen Rose. Today's guest was Desiree Winans - Naturopath at Modern Hippie. She is a teacher of holistic and non-invasive techniques for healing the body, heart, spirit and mind. You can contact her on her page or number at 310-488-5536. She also has gift cards which would make a great gift this Holiday Season! If you book a session with her before NYE, you will be entered in a drawing to win an hour free session! Thank you for stopping in our office Desiree! Do not forget tomorrow is the big Ferris State National Semifinal Game that will be here at Top Taggart Field at 3:30pm. If you want tickets go to ferrisstatebulldogs.com or call 231-591-2888. Go Bulldogs! You can tune into the game on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app which will be streaming across the country. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! Every Friday morning you can hear and see the Band of Locals - Buy Local First live on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guests were Linda Bechaz with the Big Rapids Garden Club and Joe McNally with Joe McNally Homes Re/Max Together. Linda spoke about activities the garden club does such as: garden crawl, spring plant sale and the big Greens Workshop. These are great events and the workshop is for the community. Make sure to check out their page for more information and if interested to join the club. Joe spoke to us about his background along with real estate information and great tips and things to know. Make sure to reach out to him and support local business starting from selling and buying your home! This weekend we have our Ferris State Athletics so tune in for the games. Our videographer, Marianne Biggart Pitts who does a wonderful job also has her business with Pampered Chef. Please make sure to check out her site for all your needs. Christmas is coming up so her products can make wonderful gifts, plus there's always something to add to your own kitchen. Click here: https://www.pamperedchef.com/pws/pcmariannepitts?fbclid=IwAR2kuuvWaYMeOf6SuUbzQRJQdYJhLqSbghyk9aXPa5kmzoqCvSQ5wBEoHPE

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Pat Currie filled in for this Band of Locals - Buy Local First radio segment that always airs live on SUNNY 97.3. His guests today were Jane Currie Burtch - Executive Director of Women's Information Service, Inc. (WISE) along with Nancy Baldwin and they spoke about their organization and all the great work they do in the community. Their Day of Giving Event is Tuesday, December 3 from 10am - 4pm at the Big Rapids First United Methodist Church. You can also reach out to help support and donate to this organization. We also had Dr. Ralph Crew and he was in to talk about his book which you can purchase on Amazon! It is called: Inspirational Snowflakes and you can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Inspirational-Snowflakes-World-According-Ralph/dp/1688072926/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=inspirational+snowflakes&qid=1575396463&sr=8-1 Thank you again to our guests for stopping in and to talk about their work which is part of our wonderful community.

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone. It's the Band of Locals on SUNNY 97.3 every Friday with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guests were Mariah Gàither and Andrew Kapanowski from Ferris State University and Kim Schwamberger - Executive Director of the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce. Mariah and Andrew talked about how they and the community are helping to bring festive holiday spirit on campus with a 40ft tall Christmas tree that was recently set up along with having a holiday event celebrating all holidays and crafts etc for the students to help them unwind before finals. This is amazing! Kim was in to talk about Shop Small Saturday that is on Saturday, November 30 - let's help show our support for the community's small businesses that give back so much and all. Kim also spoke about the Chamber's upcoming Gala. The theme is Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner! There will be live performance, dinner, raffles, games and more! This will take place Friday, December 6 at 5:30pm at the Holiday Inn. To get tickets you can stop in their office or go online to http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egoufay9a37b6ae3&llr=zru8onkab&showPage=true. For questions, please call 231-796-7649. There will be Ferris State Athletics this weekend so let's support our Bulldogs! We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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Good morning! Every Friday morning at 9:15a.m. the Band of Locals is live with Steve at SUNNY 97.3 and host Carlleen Rose; you can listen to "Focus on Band of Locals" on the radio or via Facebook live. 

Today's episode was hosted by Big Rapids one and only Pat Currie with guests Jacqui Gorczewicz from Elite Sign Company & Apparel as well as Guest Greg Fullmer of Fullmer & Sons Heating, Cooling, and Fireplaces Inc. 

Greg shared so much information about the work Fulmer & Sons does in regards to pellet stoves, wood stoves, fireplaces, gas stoves, etc. Wood fire inserts is an expertise that their business has within Big Rapids and they are more than happy to help out new homeowners in the maintenance required for those units. With the winter months upon us make sure to contact Fulmer & Sons for your heater tune-ups so that you can stay warm all winter long; any problems throughout the winter months? They'll be sure to come out as soon as possible to look at your unit.

Jacqui talked about their specialty service - vehicle vinyl wraps where they can replicate almost any design idea you have in mind due to their graphic designer on staff. With the winter months coming they are launching a special on snowmobile wraps as well as dirt bikes. When discussing their apparel printing, Jacqui explained that the business offers a "Give 10" program in which any school institution that places an order through them is automatically given 10% off their purchase. Then if any customer comes into the business to purchase school apparel, they give 10% of the purchase to that school. With the holiday season approaching, reach out to them for special gifts for your loved ones as there is no minimum number order required for purchase

 

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone. The Band of Locals is always live on Friday mornings with Steve at SUNNY 97.3 with host Carlleen Rose. Her guests today were John Duvall, Bart Chupp and Laurie Foos from Big Rapids Cash & Carry, Troy Landis - Director of Our Brothers' Keeper Shelter, and Andrea Kitomary - Student Retention Coordinator at Ferris State. Veterans Day is around the corner on Monday, November 11. John talked about the big Veterans Day Parade that will be happening right here in Downtown Big Rapids. Thank you for taking charge on this and having many organizations and groups helping and that will be part of the day where we honor and salute our Veterans. Thanks to Troy as well for you work and helping spread the word and reaching out to many. There are events happening this week already and through Veterans Day. The Mecosta County Convention & Visitors Bureau has put together a flyer highlighting these events. We will post under the video for you all. Any new events you can find on their Community Events Calendar at: www.BigRapids.org. Lastly, Andrea talked about an important play that will be taking place to highlight and share stories and more regarding domestic abuse that sadly happens everywhere. It will be an adapation based on the book "The Day She Left." This will take place Thursday, November 14 at 7pm at the University Center - Ferris State University in the Ballroom - Rooms 202 B&C. There will be a talk following the play. Thank you for reaching out and  the important work you're doing. We hope you all have a great weekend and don't forget about all the Ferris State Athletics games that will be going on. Let's go Bulldogs!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good Morning everyone! The Band of Locals is always live on the air Friday mornings with Steve at SUNNY 97.3 with host Carlleen Rose. Her guests today were Troy Landis - Executive Director Our Brothers' Keeper Shelter and Connie Gambee-Koepke - Executive Director Mecosta County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Troy spoke about the shelter and how crucial it is for the community to have and the resources it provides for those who need it. Funding and help are needed to help keep the shelter open. To help make a difference and learn more about this amazing shelter you can go on their website at: www.obkshelter.org or call them at: (231) 629-8033. Connie spoke about Veterans Day and the Parade that is happening on Monday, November 11 at 11:00am. There will also be other events, celebrations and artwork happening around Veterans Day. You can find these on the CVB's website at: www.BigRapids.org and they are finalizing a flier of events for Veterans Day that will be posted on their Facebook once they hear back from their contacts. Coming up is also Big Rapids, MI - Christmas Songs & Stories with John Berry that the Mecosta County CVB is bringing to Williams Auditorium! The show will be on Monday, December 9th. To get your tickets you can go to their website: www.BigRapids.org. Tickets are already selling fast so you do not want to miss out! Once again thank you to our guests and we hope you all stay warm this weekend! #bandoflocals #ourbrotherskeeper #mecostacountycvb #veteransday

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Happy Friday everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on Friday mornings with Steve from SUNNY 97.3 with host Carlleen Rose. Her guests today were Nikki Jorgensen - Owner Heart-full ART Studio LLC, Randy Ostrander - Lake and Lodge Realty LLC, and Josh Pyles - Director of the Big Rapids Downtown Business Association. Nikki spoke about her business and what she offers for children and all with her art studio. Make sure to check out her Facebook page and website at: https://www.heartfullartstudio.com/ to see all the classes, activities, and more you can do! Randy spoke about the Big Annual Chili Cook-Off that is happening TONIGHT in downtown Big Rapids from 5:30pm-7:00pm. This is part of the 12th Annual Downtown Fall Festival & Chili Cook-Off! That is this weekend! As mentioned tonight is the chili cook-off and tomorrow is the 7th Annual Skeleton Skurry along with Fall Fest that will have trunk or treat, celebrity pumpkin roll, children's costume parade and more! You do NOT want to miss out. We hope you enjoy all the fall things to do this weekend in our community!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! It's a beautiful fall day here in Big Rapids and as always you can catch the Band of Locals - Buy Local First every Friday morning with Steve at SUNNY 97.3 and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guest was Tim Rath - Editor and Chief at Big Rapids Pioneer. Thank you for talking about your new role, updates that will be happening and more! Their website has a lot of new changes as well so make sure to take a look at: bigrapidsnews.com. You can reach Tim with any questions, stories and more at: trath@pioneergroup.com or his office phone at: 231-592-8386. This weekend has many Ferris State University games happening so make sure to go support the Bulldogs at the game or tune in online to hear the games! We hope you have a great weekend.

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. Today's guests were Sue Bowen - Personal Fitness Trainer at Transformation Fitness and Wellness. 2nd Floor of Artworks Building and Kevin Courtney from Four Green Fields Farm. Sue had one of her clients, Allison Johnson in studio to talk about their work together and her amazing results! sue has a 'No Joke Fat Loss Program' along with Mommy & Me classes and after school programs. Make sure to reach out to her for more information at: (517) 712-4954. Kevin talked about all the great things to do at his farm like horse drawn wagon rides, the corn maze, haunted corn maze, pumpkin patch and more! Go to his website to see all information at: https://www.fourgreenfieldsfarm.com/ or you can call him at: (231 )580-1463. Thank you again to our guests and we hope you all have a great weeekend!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! It's another Band of Locals - Buy Local First radio segment we always do Friday mornings with Steve at SUNNY 97.3 and host Carlleen Rose. Her guests today were John Norton and Danielle Wells with Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals and they were here to talk about the Festival of Trees 2019. We also had Lenny Schebil in to talk about the Riley MacKenzie Fund 10th Anniversary Fundraiser which is tomorrow so make sure to check out the event info and help this great cause. His son Pete Schebil was also in studio and we heard about the services his business - Premier Auto Sales Inc. provides. Thank you again to our guests and we hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose! Her guest today was Pat Currie - Owner of Currie's Towing & Gas Station. Thank you for talking with us about your business along with fun history of your family's involvement in our community and of course that humor! Always a good time and we hope you all have a great weekend! This weekend is Ferris State University's Homecoming so make sure to check out the parade, tailgate, football game and more! You can find the events on Mecosta County Convention & Visitors Bureau's Community Events Calendar on www.BigRapids.org.

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live Friday mornings on SUNNY97.3FM with Steve. Filling in for host Carlleen we thank Jeff Thorne - Owner of PT Plus for being the host for today's show. His guests today were Nancy Burmeister - Secretary for the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly and Duane Arthur Weed - Owner of DW Video & Multimedia, LLC. Thank you to our guests for talking about your work and helpful information about resources and services you provide for our community. You can go online at: https://mrwa.org/mrwa-home/ for information about Nancy's organization and also you can help volunteer at the Muskegon River Trash Bash on Saturday, September 21! For website, media, digital projects and more you can contact Duane at (231) 250-9624 and he will be more than willing to help you out today! Thank you again to our host and guests and we hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Hello everyone! You can always catch the Band of Locals - Buy Local First with Steve at SUNNY 97.3 Friday mornings with host Carlleen Rose for our radio segment. Today's guest was Susan Grant and she was here to talk about Zonta Club of Big Rapids, Michigan. This is a wonderful group in our community. There will be an event on Tuesday, October 1 at 6pm on Clear Lake Golf Club for the Zonta Club. A night of entertainment with high tea and all will be featured! You can purchase your tickets at Artworks in Big Rapids and The Old Pioneer Store and Emporium/Kilwins of Big Rapids. Thank you again Susan for stopping in and talking with us about the group, event and all! We had our amazing videographer Marianne Biggart Pitts do a tutorial on a great way to shuck corn - she has the best tips and tricks to ease you in the kitchen. Big thanks to Connie Grant with Grant's Family Farm for the wonderful fresh and local corn we got at the farmers market today! We hope you all have a great weekend. #bandoflocals #zontaclub #farmersmarket #community

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose! Guests today were Randy Ostrander, Connie Gambee-Koepke Executive Director of the Mecosta County Convention & Visitors Bureau and introducing the new Executive Director of the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce -Kim Schwamberger. We welcome her and it was a pleasure having her talk with us about her new job and the work she will be doing. As always we like hearing from Connie who with the Mecosta County CVB is a great organization that brings awareness of all things happening in our community. The $100,000 Pure Michigan Campaign for example is an outstanding way to highlight and market our area. We love working together too and collaborations with us all are key. Thank you again to our guests and Steve mentioned Ferris State University games coming up this weekend so make sure to stay tuned on the radio and online to cheer on the Bulldogs!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! The Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always at SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose for our radio show 'Focus on the Band of Locals!' Today's guest was Clinton Zimmerman - owner of the Red Fox Market here in downtown Big Rapids. Thank you for talking about all the local products, classes, and services your business offers to everyone. There are many unique, healthy and one-of-a-kind offerings that are amazing. Make sure to go on their Facebook page to see up-to-date posts and other important information. You can also call them at 231-660-9000 for any questions. Classes are offered here so make sure to check out their schedule so you can sign up. Thank you to our videographer Marianne Biggart Pitts for your great work and also giving us the news on Pampered Chef products! Make sure to reach out to Marianne and she can help you get some amazing kitchen tools! There's a lot happening this weekend for Labor Day in our community so make sure to have a great and safe weekend everyone! #bandoflocals #redfox #laborday #community

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! Friday mornings you can always find the Band of Locals - Buy Local First with Steve at SUNNY 97.3 with host Carlleen Rose. Her guests today were Wendy Samuels and Rick Swinson - General Manager at JCPenney. Wendy talked about the Open Arms Child Advocacy Center Fundraiser that will be on Friday, September 13th from 6-9pm at the Holiday Inn. Please help support the agency's work to improve the outcome of child abuse prosecutions and to minimize the trauma children suffer as a result of the multiple intervews children often have to undergo to tell their story. Tickets can be purchases online at www.openarmscac.com. Additional information can be obtained by calling Amy Taylor at 231-629-8761 or AmyTaylor@openarmscac.com. 

Rick talked about Big Rapids Summer Fest 2019 which takes place tomorrow Downtown from 11am-6pm! There will be aerial circus, live music, scavenger hunt, games and so much more! This is a great way for the community to come together and have a great time.

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! Today we had a full house here at SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and the Band of Locals - Buy Local First with host Carlleen Rose! Todays guests were Ashley Towe with GypsyNickelLounge, Dolores Grace Horan, Troy Landis, Cody Wyman, and Glen Scrues with Our Brothers' Keeper Shelter. Ashley spoke about the upcoming Charity Week Gypsy Nickel will be doing August 18th-24th. There will be great work being done and various charities that funds will be going to. You can check it out on their facebook page and also call at 23-527-0085 to see how you can help support these great causes! We appreciate the staff and volunteers from our Brothers' Keeper Shelter to talk about the great work they do and how they help those in need in our community. On September 14th they will be having two events: a softball tournament and rubber ducky race at Hemlock Park. To see information about these events you can go to their facebook or website page and/or call 231-629-8033. Any help or monetary donation you can give this organization will make a world of difference for those in need. Thank you again to our guests and we are blessed for the love and support our organizations and people in our community provide for one another. We'll see you all next Friday at 9:15am for our next show!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Happy Friday everyone! As always, on Friday mornings the Band of Locals - Buy Local First has our radio segment with Steve on SUNNY 97.3 with host Carlleen Rose. Todays guests were Jane Currie Burtch - Executive Director of Women's Information Service, Inc. (WISE) and Randy Ostrander - Owner/Broker at Lake and Lodge Realty LLC. We appreciate all the work and community contribution and service our guests here are to us. We learned from Jane about the wonderful resources WISE provides and how we can help make a difference too! You can go to their website: https://wiseagainstviolence.org/ and learn how you can help. Their phone number here in town is: 231-796-6600. From donating products, to coming and helping assist with cooking to even reading to children can make a world of difference to the people at the shelter. Randy talked about his real estate business and how the market is booming now. If you need assistance or have questions about real estate you can call: 231-796-5253. Randy also works with the Chamber and DBA etc so we're sure you will see him around! Marianne Biggart Pitts our videographer we thank as always and to hear about what's going on in the Pampered Chef world! Thank you again to our guests and we hope you all have a wonderful weekend. #bandoflocals #WISE #lakeandlodgerealty

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! We love Fridays because it's when the Band of Locals - Buy Local First are always on SUNNY 97.3 with host Carlleen Rose. Her guests today were Mariann Hahn, Dana Weeks Myers and Katie Lynn. Mariann was in studio to talk about her book Black Boards and Outhouses. This book has so much information and great resources and history in our community that can be something to explore. The Mecosta County Convention & Visitors Bureau has copies if interested in purchasing and the funds go back to the community. Dana and Katie were here to talk about Morley Celebration on the Pond! This is a fun annual event that has a Car Show tonight and a full day tomorrow with truck pulls, activities and more! You can go on their Facebook page along with event page for all the information. We will also upload the flyer on this video post for you all too! Thank you to our guests for stopping in and we hope you have a great weekend full of events and fun! #bandoflocals #sunny973 #history #morleycelebrationonthepond #community

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Hello everyone! We at the Band of Locals - Buy Local First always enjoy being on the air at SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose! Today's guest was Deserae Schultz, and she was here to talk about Hometown Heroes. This is a wonderful project where local banners are donated to thank all of our community members who are or were in the service including her and her family - for their bravery, sacrifice, and their work they have done for us and our country. We salute you and thank you today and always. There will be 40 banners. If you would like to help and pay for a banner they are $100 each. Please make your check out to the American Legion Post 98 here in Big Rapids. For any questions you can call them at: (231) 796-6998. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Focus on the Band of Locals - Good morning everyone! It's another Friday morning here at SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and Carlleen Rose with the Band of Locals - Buy Local First. Today's guests were a new member for the Band of Locals - Sunny Day Housekeeping with owner Sunny and Nick Scheible. We thank them for their time and enjoyed hearing about the wonderful service Sunny does and to utilize her housekeeping services you can contact her at 231-580-1679 or by email: sunnydaymon4@gmail.com. Nick was here to talk about the Mecosta County Community Foundation and how this organization helps so many people and we love all that they do. Next Thursday they will be having a community bbq! Come to the fairgrounds Thursday night on July 25th from 5-8pm and for $10 adults (kids 12 & under free) enjoy a great meal. There will also be a cash bar, live band, kids games and more! Until next Friday, we wish you all a wonderful weekend.

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